"There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumb-a-- kids can't compete academically," he writes in the tome (as excerpted by the New York Post), "so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons."
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"I don't give a [bleep] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you -- yer kid is NOT autistic," he says. "He's just stupid. Or lazy. Or both."
Now, I'm overly-offended by this due to the fact that my little brother is autistic. My parents aren't lying about that, Mr. Leary. Just because he's a bitter, cynical, man whose career is stalled so much because he's no longer relevant, doesn't mean that he has to go around making these accusations. Perhaps he should do something about getting Rescue Me's ratings up, rather than saying that a serious medical condition doesn't exist.
The Autism Society of America has taken issue with Leary and have released the following statement:
"to suggest that families or doctors conspire to falsely diagnose autism is ridiculous . . . [His] remarks reflect the same misconceptions of autism being caused by bad or unemotional parenting that were held over 50 years ago, misconceptions that have been completely disproven by the scientific community."
I wholeheartedly agree. Just goes to show you how uneducated some people. Maybe he should have done some more research on the topic before making it a whole chapter that will no doubt piss off people with more power than lil' ol' me!
I've never been a fan of Leary, and this surely doesn't make me want to see any more of his work. As a matter of fact, it makes me sorry I paid to see the Ice Age movies!